Great move for the missionary effort but sad day for Benimerito. Great school. I
have many friends who gained knowledge and testimony in their youth by attending
there. It will be missed.
Makes me think of the mission home that was once the Lafayette School. We
walked over to the cafeteria in the COB for meals. Our accommodations in Provo
were a bit more spartan. Bunk beds in the Women's Gym and classes in some
old wooden barracks buildings on campus.We survived. They all looked good
compared to life in Peru.
Now thousands each year will begin an intensive 1.5 to 2 year education that
will change their lives and many more. Great use for a beautiful Benimerito
campus. Great point of leverage.
Benemerito hs been a great school. It will be missed. I have been very
impressed by the students that have been educated there. This is a sad day, and
a happy day.
Makes some of us think of when the MTC was in 3 old houses on State Street and
missionaries were in the MTC 6 days only.
When I served my mission 1969-1971, we used to take investigators so they could
see an example of the church's interest in education.Students, many
new members and some investigators (who would soon become members) would work
there to pay for their studies at Benemerito de Las Americas, and would send
whatever was left from their earnings to help their families.Students
lived there and each house would be operated by a Mom and Dad and everyone
living church principles...It was no ordinary high school. The
church also operated a fine accredited Teacher Training School there (Escuela
Normal) and those teachers would go on to teach at all of the church schools
throughout the country.It's a sad day, mixed feelings about the
closing.Wish they could have continued to do both a missionary and the "high
School". But we believe we are guided by The Lord and His Prophet in these
decisions and we respect the decisions made.
I know kids that have attended this school.I can't help but feel this
move might be a little shortsighted. Lowering the missionary age requirement
will cause a temporary surge in missionaries, but eventually the numbers will
level out. Due to the younger age for women, you might see some higher numbers
overall but I'm not sure it'll be that much higher.I suppose I
just think this didn't have to come at the expense of the kids going to
It would be nice if the Church had more schools where youth can work in a
wholesome environment. On the other hand, the Provo MTC has provided
employment for many students while attending BYU. Our 2nd daughter worked in the
cafeteria at the Provo MTC before she served a full time mission. Her husband
had worked at the Provo MTC after his mission and the employment helped them pay
for their education at BYU. I personally feel that a building is being used for
a more important cause as an MTC than as a private school.
not a good comparison, nobody is closing BYU to open an MTC...but it was the
church's decision to make...they have more knowledge and insight of the
situation there today, than an old missionary's 40+ years memories could
Benemerito is, and will always be, a special place for those who were privileged
to attend. Many of us receive the news with mixed emotions. Evidently there is
sadness; nonetheless, there is an overwhelming spirit of gratitude for the
experiences that helped us gain a quality education, build a testimony of
Restored Gospel and make everlasting friends. It will be missed, but there
is a pressing work to do, and we are honored to see our dear school serve a
greater purpose now as a MTC.
The church once had many elementry schools in Mexico but closed them once they
determined that adequate government education was available. In light of this I
am suprised that Benemerito lasted as long as it did. It was a great school but
a part of me wondered about sending high school age children away from home to
boarding school, however this was no ordinary boarding school. We heard that
one of the Apoltles said "Benemerito has graduated" I am sure we will
hear great things from MTC Mexico City. I wonder if some day there will be a
BYU Mexico City.
@John MarxYour assumption is incorrect. Certainly there is/was a
dramatic spike when the age requirement was lowered because suddenly there was a
larger number of eligible people. But the "steady state" number of
missionaries when the dust settles is going to be higher than it was before
because now more women will be going because the new age limit makes it much
easier to fit a mission into their lives. So the number of men will be
basically unchanged, but the number of women will keep the numbers elevated. So
no, this was not a short-sighted move.
Hope the food is better
Brave Sir RobinI am happy to say I "liked" your comment. ;)
@Brave Sir Robin, John MarxI agree with much of what both of you
have said. The fact that has gone largely unreported is that the raw numbers and
proportion of young men serving missions in the Church was considerably higher
in the mid-1990s than it was in 2012. That is unlikely to change much over the
long haul. However, the big difference that has occurred with the new missionary
ages is to shift the preaching of the gospel away from young men toward young
women. The raw numbers and proportion of missionaries who are young women will
now be considerably greater than it was in the mid- and late 1990s.
I'm sad to see a quality school closed in Mexico. Many thousands of Mexican
Saints will now be forced to go to other schools, which I doubt are of the same
quality as that LDS High School currently is.
Creo que el mayor crecimiento de la Iglesia, producida por la reduccion en la
edad de servicio de los Misioneros, se producira en Latinoamerica,
Benemerito is a great school. You'll never find a place like that in
Mexico. I lived there, I studied there, I went to Seminary, I learned to work
with a schedule. I had to get up @ 5 a.m. I had to do many, many, many chores. I
learned Folkloric dance, but most of all I gained a testimony of the gospel. I
had the chance to learn the gospel in a better way surrounded by many good
leaders and friends. I also Iearned not everyone was living up to the rules, but
there is oposition in everything. The teachings have remained with me for many
years. I went to a private college in MX, I married in the Temple. I'm a
mother of 3. My oldest is now in Young Women. The purpose of the school has been
fullfilled for many generations. What a blessing to have now an MTC. This will
be a wonderful blessing to everyone who gets into that place and to Mexico as a
Sad and happy. Many lives have been blessed at Benito's. Triste
y feliz. Se han bendecido muchas vidas en el Benito.It has been
noted, and I agree, that it is time for a Latin America BYU. Como ha
sido comentado, y estoy de acuerdo, ya deben establecer una BYU en
latinoamerica.Panama might be a better geographical
location than Mexico, but it depends on a critical mass of qualified instructors
with testimonies. Podria ser que les convenga mas Panama para su
ubicacion, pero eso dependera del surtido de profesores calificados, y con
today we have a mtc, but still room to build a temple. good for the benemerito
and mexico, and the world.